Clitheroe food bank helps 400 people

food bank.
food bank.

During its first 15 weeks, Clitheroe foodbank served more than 400 people across the borough with 3,600 meals.

Those facing a financial crisis are referred to the foodbank, based at Trinity Methodist Church hall, by local agencies and churches.

And figures from a progress report show that the foodbank is handing out about one ton of food per month.

Its manager, Ruth Haldane, said: “As Christians we are here to show God’s love to our community. We don’t want anyone in the Ribble Valley to suffer from a shortage of food.

“As well as providing food, we offer a listening ear and confidentiality to each of our clients, and aim to signpost them to agencies who can resolve their problems.”

Nigel Rix, chairman of Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, added: “That is why we are so grateful to so many individuals and organisations who have so far donated more than nine tonnes of food. We are delighted that the Clitheroe Tesco team is ‘top of the league’ nationally for its foodbank collection in early July.”

The foodbank warehouse has received repeated deliveries from churches, schools, organisations, care homes, offices and a substantial delivery from the Clitheroe mosque.

“During the autumn many churches and schools across the Ribble Valley have celebrated their harvest festivals with an emphasis on giving non-perishable food to the foodbank,” added Ruth. “We are so grateful to everyone for their generosity and would urge you, if you can, to continue to give food or finance.”

Clitheroe CCP is setting up a charity to run the foodbank and a homelessness project called Castlegate.

Nigel said: “We have been blessed with monetary donations to the foodbank from individuals, churches, Clitheroe Town Council, Clitheroe Market Traders, Clitheroe Lions, the staff of High Brake House and the Bleazard brothers, who cycled to Oban and back in memory of their mum, our treasured friend, Margaret.

“These gifts have helped us greatly with our set up costs.”

The foodbank, affiliated to the Trussell Trust and serveing people throughout the Ribble Valley, is opening a Longridge branch at St Paul’s Church in partnership with Churches Together in Longridge early in 2014. It will be a open each Friday from 11 am to 1-30 pm. A training session for volunteers will be held at St Paul’s from 10 am next Tuesday, November 26th.

l Contact Clitheroe foodbank via Ruth on info@clitheroe.foodbank.org

l See page 7 for the full story about the achievements of Clitheroe’s Tesco store and future supermarket food collections.